Well, a DBF file is a “DataBase File” and therefore can only be opened using a database program that can read
that one filetype. Now, as “defined”, .DBF files are:
DBF files were originally used in dBase II and continued through to dBase Version IV. The DBF file format originated by Ashton-Tate, but is understood by Act!, Clipper,FoxPro, Arago, Wordtech, xBase, and similar database ordatabase-related products. DBF files can also be opened by Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.
So, first, you need one of the above programs installed on your system. Next, you need the file extension of
.DBF to be attached to that program.
To explain a little further, all files have extensions. All files have a program that can open them. Some can be
opened by various programs. Such as .TXT or TEXT files can be opened with Notepad, Wordpad, MS-Word,
etc… DBF files need a database program installed that can open them. You can download the Microsoft
Visual Programming Suite for free which includes MS-Access which is a good program for DBF files…
Hope that helps